Black Like Who?
Young authors stir up the melting pot of racial identityIt's like there are shock troops stationed on both sides of the color line, taking aim at those of us born in the biracial zone. A woman shrieked at me during an author's debate: "You can't speak for the black experience. There's nothing black about you." There was also the white guy I dated once who called my mother the n-word; and the black man who admonished me on live radio, assuming I was passing; or the circle of brown faces at a black journalists' conference demanding, "What are you doing here?" Now, on the cusp of the new century, I'm joining a new breed of multiracial authors who are lashing back with books, writing ourselves into America's consciousness. More than ever, bookshelves and bestseller lists boast novels, memoirs and nonfict...